Monday morning, April 11
I counted 10 voicemails awaiting me this morning, and all were nice. Don't laugh. That's not always the case. But this morning it was. Three of the calls were from readers thanking us for our coverage on Pope John Paul II, and one caller wanting to know if we were producing a commemorative section. We are not, unfortunately. Three other voicemails were from reader Martin Gottlieb. Martin lives in West Contra Costa County and is a frequent caller. His thing is good news. He wants one edition of the newspaper to be all good news. The newsroom doesn't get humming till around 10 a.m. Usually at the 8 o'clock hour it's me, my assistant Sharon Peterson who this morning is busy with processing timecards, a morning cops reporter, our web producer Rob Neill, our TV book editor Deb Carvalho, one of our top page designers Jennifer Schaefer, our news librarian boss Mona Hatfield, Gary Bogue our Page 2 pet columnist, and some staff in our features dept. I usually work from around 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and then my evenings get filled with either social functions to represent the paper or I read stories at home that are going into the paper or are planned for a few days down the road. For me, it seems like I never get caught up.